Chinese bus agreement boosts Saudi transport options

Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery has extended its portfolio to include public/mass transport commercial vehicles, after announcing a strategic partnership in Saudi Arabia with the world’s 3rd largest bus manufacturer and one of China’s top 500 most valuable brands – HIGER bus.

Under the new agreement, Abdul Latif Jameel will offer various HIGER vehicles to customers in Saudi Arabia:

  • Coach (proven for safety, stability, economy and luxury)
  • City Bus (popular around the world due to its ergonomic design)
  • New Energy Bus and Coach (electric, hybrid and clean energy vehicles)
  • School Bus (providing optimum protection of children with the G-BOS Smart Operation System)
  • Bus for BRT (18-meter, articulated bus )
The partnership supports the development of public transportation in Saudi Arabia rising public demand for safe, accessible transport – a key objective of Saudi Vision 2030. It is also likely to play a key role in the upgrade of travel facilities available to pilgrims visiting Makkah, Saudi Arabia for Hajj and Umrah as the country sees the number of such visits rise from 6.5 to 30 million per year by 2030.

Hassan Jameel, Deputy President and Vice Chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel said:  “Abdul Latif Jameel is pleased to announce this partnership with HIGER Bus, the world’s third largest bus manufacturer. This is another demonstration of our position as an investment partner of choice for international businesses operating in Saudi Arabia and the region.

“Combined with our best-in-class support, the new partnership creates a strong and reliable contribution for Saudi Arabia as it looks to improve its public transportation, while supporting the increase of pilgrims visiting the country.”

Established in 1998, HIGER Bus a leading bus manufacturer in China with assets of over 8.1 billion Yuan has a presence in 130 countries worldwide, has manufactured over 250,000 vehicles over the last 20 years and delivered more than 30,000 of those outside China from its 950,000m2 production facility.

The move into Saudi Arabia is not HIGER’s first high-profile venture in the MENAT region: in 2006, it delivered 500 buses and coaches to the 15th Asian Games (XV Asiad) in Doha, Qatar. Its other major export orders have included vehicles for Russia, Syria, Algeria and Angola.

In 2015, 300 HIGER school buses were delivered to Saudi Arabia, while 1,581 coaches were sold in Makkah in a five-year period leading to 2017.

To celebrate the agreement, the announcement was marked at a special event at Hussein Jameel Hall in Jeddah, attended by officials from the Ministry of Hajj, Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery, HIGER Bus, and representatives from bus operators in Makkah.

Guests included Dr. Bassam Ghulman, Deputy Minister for Transportation Affairs, Ministry of Hajj & Umrah; Osama Samkari, General Director Assistant for Transport, Naqaba; General Director of Companies; Dr. Hamza Ghulman, Dean of College of Engineering & Islamic Architecture, Umm Al-Qura University; and Mr. Marwan Sulaimani, Director, Ministry of Hajj & Umrah.

M. Arif Chisti, Managing Director of Abdul Latif Jameel machinery said “HIGER Bus already has a strong presence in Saudi Arabia, providing for 25% of transport of pilgrims on Hajj and Umrah.

Due to their international nature and scale, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s Naqaba (General Syndicate of Cars) sets out strict regulations for transportation companies, which are met and exceeded by HIGER’s high quality and value vehicles.

HIGER has received international certification which have enabled it to supply its buses in high-end markets including Europe, United States and Australia. 

Together with Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery’s best in class aftersales support, customers will have access to the best value proposition.”

姜海峰 Jiang Haifeng, General Manager Overseas of HIGER Bus Company added: “HIGER’s partnership with Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery will further strengthen the brand and will provide customers peace of mind.”

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